Low-wage, part-time jobs dominate tepid rise in US payrolls

By Barry Grey, 4 May 2013

The vast bulk of new jobs are in low-wage service industries or in temporary or part-time positions.

Athens mayor bans fascist demonstration

By Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2013

Police intervened to prevent supporters of the Greek fascist party Golden Dawn from carrying out a food distribution in Athens’ Syntagma Square.

Tensions rise in India-China border stand-off

By Deepal Jayasekera, 4 May 2013

The current border stand-off between India and China reflects the explosive political tensions unleashed by the Obama administration’s “pivot to Asia.”

Pakistan staggers toward elections amid civil war and impending economic collapse

By Sampath Perera and Keith Jones, 4 May 2013

Pakistan’s May 11 national and provincial elections are meant to provide a democratic fig-leaf for IMF austerity, continuing war in Afghanistan, and a military-strategic alliance with Washington that has proven ruinous for the Pakistani people.

Australia: Queensland government offensive against public sector

By Mike Head, 4 May 2013

The frontal assault on social services in Queensland is a warning of what is being prepared nationally, whoever wins the September federal election.

Iraq war resister, a pregnant mother of four, sentenced to 10 months in prison

By Naomi Spencer, 4 May 2013

US Army Private Kimberly Rivera has been sentenced to prison for crossing into Canada in 2007 to avoid redeployment to Iraq.

Police buildup in Pittsburgh in lead-up to marathon

By our reporter, 4 May 2013

Pittsburgh officials are using the occasion of the marathon race this Sunday as a pretext for a massive police buildup.

Obama administration appeals ruling on emergency contraceptives

By Matthew MacEgan, 4 May 2013

The Obama administration has filed an appeal against a court ruling which sought to end all age restrictions for access to the Plan B emergency contraceptive pill.

German Green Party congress adopts election programme

By Christoph Dreier, 4 May 2013

The central issue at the Green Party congress last weekend was promoting a coalition with the German Social Democratic Party.

Netherlands unemployment at record level

By Elizabeth Zimmermann, 4 May 2013

Unemployment in the Netherlands has reached 8.1 percent—the highest level in 30 years

Election marks seismic shift in Malaysian politics

By John Roberts, 4 May 2013

Tomorrow’s poll is likely to open a new period of political instability.

Violence in the Philippines as election approaches

By Joseph Santolan, 4 May 2013

Elections in the Philippines are a spectacle of pomp, pageantry and bloody violence.

New in French

La Libye secouée par des protestations qui ciblent le gouvernement et les forces françaises

Par Jean Shaoul, 4 mai 2013

La violence s’empare de la capitale libyenne Tripoli

Les quinze ans du WSWS: 1998-2013
Année passée en revue : 2002
Pourquoi je lis le WSWS: Courrier des lecteurs

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Das Scheitern des Kapitalismus

Von Nick Beams, 4. Mai 2013

Der Zusammenbruch der europäischen Wirtschaft zeigt den Bankrott der kapitalistischen Wirtschaftsordnung.

Athener Bürgermeister verbietet Demonstration der Faschisten

Von Christoph Dreier, 4. Mai 2013

Am Donnerstag verhinderte die Polizei in Athen eine von der faschistischen Partei Chrysi Avgi (Goldene Morgendämmerung) geplante Essensausgabe auf dem Syntagmaplatz. Die vom Athener Bürgermeisters Giorgos Kaminis angewiesene Aktion dient nicht der Bekämpfung der Faschisten, sondern stärkt die autoritären Tendenzen des Staatsapparats.

Die Socialist Equality Party beteiligt sich an australischer Parlamentswahl
Ein sozialistisches Programm gegen den Krieg

Von der Socialist Equality Party (Australien), 4. Mai 2013

Hauptziel unserer Kampagne ist es, eine breite internationale Antikriegsbewegung von Arbeitern und Jugendlichen auf der Grundlage eines sozialistischen und internationalistischen Programmes aufzubauen.

Unterstützt D’Artagnan Collier, den Kandidaten der Socialist Equality Party für das Amt des Bürgermeisters von Detroit!
Entlasst den Krisenmanager! Beendet die Diktatur der Banken in Detroit!

Von der Socialist Equality Party (USA), 4. Mai 2013

Die Socialist Equality Party (USA) kündigte Ende April an, dass sie D’Artagnan Collier in den Vorwahlen am 6. August als Kandidat für das Amt des Bürgermeisters von Detroit aufstellt.

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The social crisis in America

4 May 2013

The official silence on the growth of poverty and social misery stands in stark contrast to the daily struggle of the majority of the US population just to make ends meet.

Earlier Perspectives »

Fifteen Years of the World Socialist Web Site: 1998-2013

The WSWS is posting a year-by-year Chronology, selected from its archive of more than 45,000 articles, to provide readers with a comprehensive overview of the critical events of years 1998 to 2013.

We urge our readers to study the Chronology and review how the great events, political issues, social processes, and cultural and intellectual controversies of the last 15 years were reported on and analyzed by the WSWS.

The year in review 2009

The year 2009 was dominated by the spreading worldwide economic slump ushered in by the Wall Street collapse of September 2008. Unemployment and poverty soared in North America, Europe and increasingly in the “emerging economies” of Asia.

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A crass apology for imperialist intervention in Syria

By Bill Van Auken, 4 May 2013

In the midst of a growing drumbeat for direct Western intervention in Syria, Gilbert Achcar dismisses questions about imperialist interests in the region as a “conspiracy theory.”

France: What is Jean-Luc Mélenchon’s May 5 protest?

By Antoine Lerougetel and Alex Lantier, 4 May 2013

A class gulf separates the explosive anger and opposition to austerity that is building in the working class across Europe from establishment figures like Mélenchon.

The failure of capitalism

By Nick Beams, 3 May 2013

German Left Party, Marx 21 group praise “Icelandic Model”

By Johannes Stern, 3 May 2013

Canada adopts “anti-terrorism” law that tramples basic rights

By Keith Jones and Jack Miller, 3 May 2013

International law and the US war drive in Syria

By Joseph Kishore, 2 May 2013

Book Review

America’s revolutionary founding document
For Liberty and Equality: The Life and Times of the Declaration of Independence

By Tom Mackaman, 4 May 2013

A book that seriously considers the impact the Declaration of Independence is most welcome reading in 2013, a year which has seen an intensifying assault on the most basic principles of America’s founding document.

Socialist Equality Party

Socialist Equality Party to contest Australian federal election: A socialist program to fight the drive to war

The central objective of our campaign is to develop a broad, international anti-war movement among workers and young people on the basis of a socialist and internationalist program.

Attend the SEP campaign launch on May 5
Public meetings in Sydney and Melbourne

Support D'Artagnan Collier for Detroit Mayor

Stop the mass evictions in Detroit!

By D’Artagnan Collier—Socialist Equality Party candidate for Detroit mayor, 3 May 2013

Campaigners for D’Artagnan Collier near signature goal in Detroit mayoral race

By an SEP campaign team, 29 April 2013

More on SEP Detroit mayoral campaign »

Workers Struggles

US Steel locks out 1,000 workers in Nanticoke, Ontario

By Carl Bronski, 4 May 2013

Nearly 1,000 steelworkers were locked out at US Steel’s Lake Erie plant after they rejected the company’s final contract offer.

Workers Struggles: Asia, Australia and the Pacific

4 May 2013

The World Socialist Web Site invites workers and other readers to contribute to this regular feature.

Arts Review

HBO’s Phil Spector: David Mamet’s mythological tale

By James Brewer, 4 May 2013

Playwright David Mamet wrote and directed the docudrama centering on the 2007 murder trial of famed record producer Phil Spector.

Tyler, the Creator’s Wolf: Hiding from reality behind a mask of cynicism

By Nick Barrickman, 2 May 2013

Oceanside, California exhibition of painter Arun Prem

By Vince Ostroweicz, 2 May 2013

Auto workers struggles

UAW chief stabs German Opel workers in the back

By Jerry White, 2 May 2013

American GM worker supports German Opel workers

By Jerry White, 2 May 2013

More on the struggle in auto »

25 years ago: Gdansk shipyard strike provokes Polish state repression

The 12,000 workers at the Lenin Shipyard in Gdansk went on strike May 2, 1988 in solidarity with striking steelworkers in southern Poland.

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50 years ago: Birmingham police turn attack dogs on children.

This week in 1963 the world’s attention was drawn to the barbarism of Jim Crow segregation in the American South

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75 years ago: Nazis burn books in Austria

On May 1,1938, in the newly annexed Austrian part of greater Germany, the “Aryanization” of social, cultural and economic life by the Nazis continued.

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100 years ago: New Haitian president elected amid political turmoil

On May 4, 1913, Michel Oreste was elected president of Haiti, amid political turmoil and infighting within the country’s ruling elite.

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Letters from our readers

4 May 2013

A selection of recent letters to the World Socialist Web Site.